The African perspective in Detroit

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The Detroit Institute of Arts is presenting a fascinating and adventurous exhibition that explores the consequences on African art of cultural exchanges between Africa and Europe over the past five hundred years. Casting the European as the cultural “other,” a reversal of the usual Eurocentric perspective, the exhibition examines how African artists from diverse cultures used, and continue to use, …

Women and folk art and imperial silver in New York

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So many exhibitions open in New York in any given month that it is hard to choose which ones to feature. Two that have great appeal are Women Only: Folk Art by Female Hands, at the American Folk Art Museum, and Vienna Circa 1780: An Imperial Silver Service Rediscovered, on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from April 13 …

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts reopens

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With an atrium, a forty-foot-high glass wall, new galleries, restaurant, café, and sculpture garden, the reopening of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) on May 1 is the latest in a series of important museum renovations and one of the most anticipated. The 165,000 square-foot expansion, designed by the London-based American architect Rick Mather and the Richmond firm SMBW, …

Antiques Week in Philadelphia

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Philadelphia hosts two important antiques shows in mid-April, and free shuttle service between them makes it easy to see everything on offer. The Twenty-third Street Armory Antiques Show, now in its sixteenth year, opens on Friday April 16 and features more than forty dealers showcasing eighteenth- through twentieth-century American and European fine, folk, and decorative arts. A special exhibition entitled …

Victoria and Albert Art and Love

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Fig. 1. The Royal Family in 1846 by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805–1873), 1846. Inscribed “Prince Albert, Queen Victoria, The Prince of Wales, Prince Alfred/The Princess Royal, Princess Alice & the infant Princess Helena/painted by F. Winterhalter/Dec. 1846” on the back. Oil on canvas, 8 feet 3 inches by 10 feet 5 inches. The objects illustrated are from the Royal Collection © …

The European Fine Art Fair

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Covered wine ewer, Chinese for the Portuguese market, Yongzheng/Qianlong, c. 1730–1740. Earthenware, height 9 ½ inches. Photograph by courtesy of Cohen and Cohen, London. Still Life with Red and Yellow Flowers by Emil Nolde (1867–1956), c. 1930–1935. Signed “Nolde” at lower right.  Watercolor on paper, 13 ⅜ by 18 ⅜ inches. Photograph by courtesy of Wienrroither and Kohlbacher, Vienna. Secretary …

Asian art in New York

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Cup, Chinese, seventeenth century. Rhinoceros horn, 5 ½ inches. Photograph courtesy of Christie’s Images. Woven basket made by Kenji Fuji, 1942–1946. Crepe paper, twine, wire, and starch. National Japanese Society, San Francisco. Photograph by Terry Heffernan for Ten Speed. Asian art in New York March 20 to 28 is Asia Week in New York, when more than thirty dealers, auction …

Celebrating the ‘Decodence’ of the SS Normandie

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Unlike other major exhibitions of the art deco period, DecoDence: Legendary Interiors and Illustrious Travelers Aboard the SS Normandie, which opens today at the South Street Seaport Museum, isn’t an over-the-top display. Instead, it’s a balanced, and entirely engrossing, collection of furnishings, ephemera, and architectural elements that graced the legendary ocean liner. Among the show’s highlights: photographs that document the …

Masterpiece London confirmed

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After months of anticipation, Masterpiece London, the new art and antiques fair from the organizers of the prestigious 75-year-old Grosvenor House Fair, received the permissions necessary to confirm that it will take place on 24-29 June 2010 at the Chelsea Barracks. In spite of the bureaucratic quagmires and delays that these permissions took, those in the know have bet strongly …

After Grosvenor

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On the heels of its seventy-fifth anniversary last June, the Grosvenor House Art and Antiques Fair announced that it would close. Only time will tell how its absence will shift the balance of European fairs in 2010. In the meantime, Europe’s organizers unveil their plans for the coming year. BRUSSELS Held at the same time as the Winter Antiques Show …